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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 37thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 44thHighest Average Incomes: 62nd
The Social Darwinist Imperium of
Iron Fist Consumerists
What Crota began, I complete. My will... conquers all!
Oryx the Taken King
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Ascendant Hive

Population8.253 billion

CapitalAscendant Dreadnaught
LeaderOryx the Taken King
Faiththe Sword-Logic

CurrencyAscendant Rune
AnimalAscendant Worm

The Social Darwinist Imperium of The Ascendant Hive is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Oryx the Taken King with an iron fist, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.253 billion Ascendant Spawn are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ascendant Dreadnaught. The average income tax rate is 97.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Ascendant Brood economy, worth a remarkable 6,066 trillion Ascendant Runes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 735,014 Ascendant Runes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.9 times as much as the poorest.

Scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished, the army's use of chemical weapons leaves a bad taste in the mouth, political loyalty is enforced by way of chemical addiction, and the full title of Hon Oryx the Taken King Vcte Mgve MF SDIAHLM GCABE runs to several pages. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Ascendant Hive's national animal is the Ascendant Worm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is the Sword-Logic.

The Ascendant Hive is ranked 217,592nd in the world and 184th in Refugia for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 16.77 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 37thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 44thHighest Average Incomes: 62ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 99thMost Corrupt Governments: 115thLargest Agricultural Sector: 116thMost Scientifically Advanced: 125thLargest Insurance Industry: 141stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 158thLargest Mining Sector: 164thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 191stMost Avoided: 207thLargest Black Market: 210thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 239thMost Efficient Economies: 262ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 279thMost Subsidized Industry: 309thHighest Poor Incomes: 312thLargest Retail Industry: 330thMost Devout: 335thFattest Citizens: 376thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 443rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 538thLargest Governments: 563rdLowest Crime Rates: 646thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 684thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 900thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 972ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,052ndRudest Citizens: 1,063rdSmartest Citizens: 1,307thHighest Economic Output: 1,374thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,578thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,525thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,554thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,637thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,328thNudest: 7,919thLargest Gambling Industry: 9,575thTop
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Most Conservative: 15,694thMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,400thMost Authoritarian: 19,128th
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Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionNudest: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 8th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, the full title of Hon Oryx the Taken King Vcte Mgve MF SDIAHLM GCABE runs to several pages.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, political loyalty is enforced by way of chemical addiction.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, the army's use of chemical weapons leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, there's a bright dawn ahead for The Ascendant Hive.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, a cat may look at a king and a dude can look at an ass.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, diplomats shake hands with their right and hide a poison dagger in their left.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, foreign governments regularly accuse the Ascendant Brood military of war crimes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, imprisonment is the leading cause of disownment.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, the children of The Ascendant Hive are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.

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